THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Maurice A. Johnson
Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Maurice A. (Morry) Johnson, 81, of Oconto, passed away Monday, Sept. 1.
Born Nov. 15, 1932, in Madison, to Arthur and Cecelia Johnson, he attended UW-Madison and studied Geophysics. A member of the Varsity Badgers Rowing team, he participated at the Olympic trials in 1953. He enlisted in the Navy cadet program May 24, 1954 and trained to be a naval aviator and was a certified navigator and communicator. While stationed in Japan, he was the Terminal Officer in charge of the entire Naval Airbase. He also served in Korea and Vietnam, retiring from his Naval career as a ranking Commander in 1975.
In 1955, he began his commercial airline pilot career for North Central Airlines. After flying for 33 years, he retired from piloting the A320-Airbus with Northwest Airlines. In the mid 1960s, he took an interest in orchids as a hobby which became a business for a short time. He married Elizabeth A. Johnson on Aug. 22, 1968 in Barrington, Ill., and they moved to Oconto in 1973, where he farmed for 40 years.
An avid hunter, fisherman and pinnacle player, he was creative with wood and created many heirlooms for his family. He was a jack of all trades and able to fix anything. He will be remembered for his humor and servants heart.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elizabeth; children, Tammy Wheeler (Charles), Heather Kugel (Mike), Kristine Fischer (Jay), Rebecca Eckstrom (Steve) and Nathaniel Johnson (Sarah); 15 grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Gibbon and a nephew, Cleve Gibbon (Beth).
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Ashley Fischer.
Visitation will be held from noon until time of a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Faith Baptist Church, Peshtigo. Pastor Jim Downs will officiate with a light luncheon to follow. Burial with Military Honors will be at a future date in Madison at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rhodes Charapata of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations can be made to Faith Christian School.